Friday, February 6, 2009

Hot Press - 3.1 Hunter Changes

IMPORTANT: Please go here for the updated 3.1 news!

I just read the news on WoWInsider. Just to break it down, and give my own reactions...

Consumable ammunition has been removed from the game.
Can we get an OH YEAH? Can we get an OMG? Hells yeah! I can't be the only hunter around happy about this. This change has been a long time coming. Every hunter and their alt unite with me in saying THANK YOU BLIZZ!

About the haste on the quivers though, I'm interested to see where they'll be putting it instead.

A new tier of hunter pet talents have been added.
One of the reported buffs for BM in 3.1, this will probably be only accessible with the extra pet talent points you get with Beast Mastery.

Hunting Party – this talent has been reduced to 3 ranks and also grants a passive bonus to the hunter.
An interesting change to say the least, considering Hunting Party in its current form being 5 ranks. Any decent Surv hunter with good enough crit usually only needs to put in 2 or 3 points in it. I'm also interested to see what this "passive bonus" is.

Piercing Shots – this talent has been changed. Your Aimed, Steady and Chimera Shots cause the target to bleed for 10/20/30% of damage dealt for 8 sec.
Wow. A bleed effect! It currently just reduces armor on the target for Steady Shot. With the changes to feral druid and rogue bleed effects, I assume this can only be a good thing.

Sniper Training – this talent has been changed. After standing still for 6 sec, you gain a 2/4/6% damage bonus to Steady, Aimed and Explosive Shot.
A good change, as compared to getting a damage bonus a certain distance from the target. With the current raid bosses, this talent is highly unviable. The change is helpful, but on bosses where you're moving around in phases (Heigan, Thaddius, Malygos, etc.) it won't be that useful.

We are also looking to add additional trap functionality to Survival.
Finally. FINALLY. Am I seriously the only one who remembers GC saying Trap Mastery in its current form is still a work in progress? I have the point, yeah, but it's only filler so I can get Explosive Shot... it would be nice if it actually worked.

Overall, some nice changes, and of course the best one being the removal of ammo. I am looking forward to 3.1!

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